Drawings from 1/6/2016, pencil on paper, 20X16 inches
Yes, it is me, the dog! I am back and doing what dogs do. Like a habit unbroken, I will follow my master. The problem is... I am still learning about that which my master demands. I have written this before: Perhaps painting will sort this out more efficiently than drawing. My reasoning? I find that the longer term give and take of the process of painting, and its larger format, causes me to pay more attention to the thoroughly authentic. This is in contrast to the transient ideas I sometimes entertain in my drawing.
Yesterday's images were all over the place, but they are united in their acceptance of my internal reality. I live in place far away from the hubbub of humanity. This allows me to dwell, to contemplate, then make an effort to unravel my confusion. Confusion is born of past experiences misunderstood, or never fully understood. I have taken upon myself the job of exploring this vast, untidy, mystifying ocean of bewilderment and wonderment.
Drawings 12/08/2015, pencil on paper, 20X16 and 16X20 inches
When I say "I've been away!" I just mean I have been out of the studio. Yesterday (after 4 days away) I returned. This is what I did. I am always amazed, upon a return, by that which I do. At all times my art feels a bit alien, but never as much as when I have not made any for a few days. Such was yesterday. Enjoyable? A surprise? Yes and yes! Instructive? Yes! It is good, solid work. Solid, in this context, has two meanings: It is excellent, and the forms are concretely three-dimensional.
The problem is time and sunshine. They both need to be available. A lot is going on in my life. The intense demands on my limited time will continue for about another 10 days. Nothing to worry about, but it must happen, and much of it will be celebratory. I am being vague because this is not a blog about my personal life, but one about my art. Sometimes personal stuff and art-making does intersect, one can affect the other, but not this time. Yes, I will have less time to make art. I have written too much about this, so let me change subjects and write about art.
I continue to realize that form, the artifice of a third-dimension, is important to me. To me, there is something emotional about wandering around in the third-dimension, seeing the form, feeling the form, and watching one form interact and impinge upon other forms. Here today you see important indications of this. Yesterday's drawings sprung from the depths of my needs, but I am a neophyte in this area of structural emotions. I must do much more work. I need to unravel, and to separate, the truly expressive from the questionable, the inaccurate, the spurious, the erroneous, and the untrustworthy.
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